Friday, January 05, 2007

AP Source Found, Legitimacy of Reporting - Still Questionable

I heard this on the idiot box last night, and frankly this doesn't help with my distrust of the reporting from the AP. It is one thing to prove that the source of the reports is real, it is a completely different thing to have actually vetted the reports that were received from him. Lorie Byrd at Wizbang went in the same direction as I did.
Jamil Hussein just might exist, after all, but it appears that he is being arrested. I wonder if we will now learn just how many of those stories he fed the AP were real. I think we still have a long way to go before we know the full story on this one. Stay tuned.
You'd think that journalism would have more integrity with the amount of questions being brought up about the veracity of sources, especially in Iraq. The astounding fact that it has taken this long just to have any verification from reliable sources that this guy actually exists is a major mark against them. In an area where there is obvious informational warfare occurring and groups who will benefit greatly from misinformation being spread to the world, you'd think that extra caution would be reasonable. Apparently the AP still doesn't see it that way.

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